Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense
light will not make it beautiful. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
The new Center for Modern and Contemporary art has a very interesting subtext...
light. It sounds banal but I'm certain everyone understands how light is the
core of visual perception. For those in Portland this focus will make the collection
very engaging during the dark months from November to April. Three works in
the museum's practically secret contemporary collection certainly shine some
light on the subject:
Untitled (To Donna) II
Fluorescent light. Portland Art Museum, Museum Purchase: National Endowment
for the Arts Purchase Plan Grant matched by the Contemporary Art Council. ©
2005 Estate of Dan Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Gelatin silver print. Portland Art Museum, Gift of the Collections Committee
and Friends in memory of Elizabeth Swindells. ©Courtesy of the Estate of
Andre Kertész, 2005.
Television sets, clocks, light bulbs, VCR, electrical hardware, rolling cart.
Portland Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Robert Hale Ellis Jr. Fund for the Blanche
Elouise Day Ellis and Robert Hale Ellis Memorial Collection. © Matthew
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